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Florence and Giles / The Turn of the Screw

3.72 of 5 stars 3.72  ·  rating details  ·  87 ratings  ·  14 reviews
A gripping, sinister Gothic tale inspired by and in the tradition of Henry James's The Turn of the Screw.

In 1891, in a remote and crumbling New England mansion, 12-year-old orphan Florence and her younger brother areneglected by her guardian uncle. Banned from reading, Florence devours books in secret and talks to herself—and narrates her story—in a unique language of her
ebook, 537 pages
Published May 5th 2011 by HarperCollins Publishers
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I would have marked 5 stars if only for giving me a book to read myself into the way I used to when I was about 10. It brought back times when I "just had to finish" regardless of time, school, food and other trivialities and yet I was afraid to turn another page, too terrified to find out what happened.

You have to love the heroine if you ever read anything in bed hiding the flashlight so no adult interrupts. Oh it brings you to appreciate your lighted Kindle even more. The travails of the hero
I read this AFTER I finished " the girl who couldn't read", which I absolutely loved.
In a way I'm glad I read the second book first, as I'm not sure I would have read both of them the other way round.
Florence and Giles, I'm in two minds about this book.
It goes on a bit too long, the darkness of the setting becomes a tad depressing, there's no relieve from it at any point.
Florence started to grate on me after a while. I wanted to feel sorry for her, but failed to do so more and more as the stor
This was a wonderful find and I'd recommend it to anyone who likes atmospheric, creepy books. I was actually pleased I wasn't alone in the house whilst reading it. Florence is a delightful 12 year old girl living with her younger brother in an enormous, dilapidated house with only a few old servants to keep them company. The trouble starts with the arrival of a governess, very much in the vein of Turn of the Screw. That's where the similarity ends though; I enjoyed this novel far more.
Grainne Owens
Wonderfully sinister and gothic. This book and it's macabre characters slowly creep out of the binding until it feels like your sitting in that freezing, mist shrouded, echoing New England mansion! Thoroughly enjoyable!
L.K. Chapman
The twists and turns in this book kept me guessing right to the end, and I really liked Florence’s character- the way she narrates the story is very endearing, with wonderful phrases such as “I brained an idea”.
Peanut Head .
I thought this was going to be really chilling. A great front cover but it failed to deliver the scary stuff for me.
Jodie Downes
The story is narrated by Florence in her own language, which I loved - something different and fresh. The path of sibling love never does run smoothly but this time it's Florence who will do anything to protect her little brother Giles. I have a great, clear picture of Blithe House in my head and was running the corridors with them throughout. A wonderfully broody tale, a slow burner which adds to its gothic style. Something I'd read again
Mark Crawford
I read this book in about 2 days and found it difficult to put down It is an excellent story, but i think I guessed early on how it was going to end.The characters draw you in and the atmosphere of the book is excellent. The description of Blithe house is wonderful. I would recommend it
I like small gothic horror books. I got it for 99p on the kindle store. It's eerie and slow and creepy- small children with a nanny in a great big old house. I kinda guessed what was happening - comes from reading too much Agatha Christie- but a good read nonetheless.
If this were 100 pages shorter I would have loved it, as it was I struggled to finish.
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Helen Smith
now this, Essie Fox, is how you write a gothic horror.
This book was really creepy!
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